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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] GPL's?

From: Michael Dorrington
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] GPL's?
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 19:37:52 +0000
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Lucy wrote:
2008/12/28 aidy lewis <address@hidden>:

Can anyone tell me the major differences between GPL 2, 3 and the
Lesser GPL please?

Hi Aidy,

Briefly, version 3 of the GPL and LGPL is broadly the same as version
2 but closes some loopholes that were starting to become an issue,
notably patent protection and tivoisation.

The following has a good summary of the changes:

The LGPL license allows software to become incorporated with software
under other licenses (inc proprietary). It was developed as a
compromise to allow free software libraries to become more widely

This page has a good summary of the LGPL and explains why it isn't
always such a good idea: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/why-not-lgpl.html

Hi Aidy

Good advice from Lucy. Its worth checking out http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ which is the overview page for GNU license info. For a description of tivoisation see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tivoisation which exposes the controversy over the issue.

Can I ask where your interest comes from? Are you thinking what license to use for your code? Or just interested?


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